UNA Youth Human Rights Training: So, You Want To Be The Next High Commissioner?
Since the launch of the International Year of Youth in 2010, the World Federation of United Nations Associations, in partnership with UNAs, has dramatically increased efforts to strengthen its youth network and build the capacity of United Nations Youth Associations to develop and implement projects.
WFUNA wishes to draw the attention of young leaders to human rights by developing a deeper understanding of human rights issues, an increased knowledge of available human rights instruments and implementing mechanisms, and capacity to develop and carry out human rights education and awareness activities.
Through our annual UNA Human Rights Trainings, WFUNA aims to empower UNA youth members to take a leading role in upholding human rights in their communities and around the world. We inform and educate young UNA/UNYA members about human rights standards, human rights instruments and related implementing mechanisms, and train them on how to conduct effective human rights education and awareness raising activities within their communities.
The specific objectives of the training are:
1. By the end of the training, participants are able to explain the international human rights system, its instruments and mechanisms;
2. By the end of the training, participants are able to identify opportunities for civil society to interact with the UN human rights mechanisms;
3. By the end of the training, participants demonstrate an understanding of basic skills in project cycle management;
4. By the end of the training, participants are able to develop their own human rights awareness raising or education project to be implemented in their community and in collaboration with their UNA.
The four days training includes intensive tutoring, discussions with key human rights actors and provides instructions on how to follow up on education activities to be carried out by participants with the support of the UNAs.
The training is carried out annually for 20 - 26 UNA Youth staff or members, between 18 - 25 years old, who have a good knowledge of international institutions, are highly committed to human rights, driven, creative, and well-organized.
Watch below as Suvania and Cecille, two participants from the program's 2014 session, describe their experience at the training.
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